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Your wedding can be the blissful, wonderful day dreams are made of. With just a little careful planning it can be everything you ever wanted.
A few important details enabled me to have a completely elegant, stress free, drama free intimate wedding.
Choose a Prefixed Menu
If your party size allows for it, you should contact restaurants and see what sort of prefixed menus they have available for an event. Pre-fixed menus often include a great array of the restaurant’s most popular entrees. You will get several included courses and it lets your guests choose reasonably and without guilt. Everyone will be relieved with their options, and the restaurant will offer more than chicken.
Use a Restaurant
It’s a waste of money to rent a space, decorate it and be stuck with all the ‘props’, just avoid it all. Choosing a nice restaurant ensures quality and it also ensure ambiance. A banquet hall could be plagued with neon exit signs and a popcorn ceiling, complemented by hotel carpet and blank walls. That doesn’t exactly evoke feelings of romance.
With an upscale restaurant you won’t have to worry about overcooked steak, canned sauces and frozen chicken cordon bleu. I knew everyone was just going to remember the food and I wanted to direct my money towards a nice meal.
Decide What’s Important to You
I wanted an outstanding meal. Pretty much all I cared about was the food. The love of my life was next to me and what I wanted was a memorable experience. Are you creating an event for someone else or for yourself? We were in the unique situation of having a small, intimate reception that permitted us to please ourselves.
Do You Really Want to Spend a Lot On The Flowers?
Did you know that you can get 50 long stem roses from Costco for under $40.00. You can get your fill of dozens and dozens of flowers at a low-cost.
With a little foresight, you don’t need to break the bank in the flower department. A little ribbon and baby’s breathe…. you can create your own bouquet and corsages.
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Splurge Where You Want
At the end of the day, no matter how much or little money you spend, your memories will forever be etched in your mind. Pictures are worth a thousand words. It was really important to me to have some nice photographs of my family on my wedding day.
Photographers rarely give you actual prints now. However they will release the images to you so that you are legally allowed to print them. Make sure that the whole service promised is provided. That means that your images should come digitally edited and enhanced. It’s a good idea to pay a little bit extra for the thumb drive. This will make it infinitely easier for you to share the images with your family.
Instead of contracting a bakery, we ordered the signature lemon cake from the reception restaurant and it was just perfect. Superbly fresh, hassle free, and we didn’t have to run from bakery to bakery taste testing.
With some simple wedding cake decorations from Michaels you can personalize your cake and still keep it classy. My mom and I added the flare and no one was any wiser.
Our guests were fully satisfied after a delicious, and completely generous 5 course meal. The cake is just the cream on top. Simply add a beautiful wedding topper on a cake for photos. Voila! You just saved an easy $1,000.
Your Own Personal Decor
We unabashedly used our own mantle decor on our wedding table. My husband and I have a collection of different crystals and they added the perfect touch of personal elegance. Use your own beloved items and you won’t be stuck with wedding props at the end of the night.
You don’t have to go crazy with DIY! I know someone who hand-wove more than 150 feet of felt to create the perfect table runners! They were gorgeous, but what do you do throw it away after?
A wedding favor isn’t required, but it’s always nice to send people away with memories. An easy and beautiful idea is to provide jordan almonds and silver candied balls in a veil material that matches your wedding. Candy is inexpensive use it to your advantage, who doesn’t want a little snack for later?
Another gift idea for an intimate group is to give small succulents or cactus! It would be simple to customize and add the wedding date by using a ceramics pen on any tiny planter.
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Avoid a Dress That Needs to be Altered.
Alterations not only cost money but also requires time. You best be prepared to spend a few hours at the tailor if the dress your purchased doesn’t fit well!
An A-Line Dress or an empire waist are beautiful and provide a gorgeous silhouette. This classic style often involves less alterations and can accommodate a lot of different sizes. Modcloth has some really beautiful, stylish dresses and first time customers will receive 20% off first time customers will receive 20% off Modcloth..
Don’t feel like you have to wear a white dress! When your wedding is smaller, there is a strong chance it will also be less structured, a white dress might not even feel appropriate. I have very pale skin and a white dress completely washed me out. I chose a cream-colored, Adrianna Pappell embroidered gown that I found at Macy’s for around $150.00.
Check out some of her dresses below. All of the dresses are so elegant and dreamy, it was love at first site for me. Most dresses are well below $300 and average around $200.00. Click the picture below to find Adrianna’s dresses that are currently available. Gorgeous aren’t they?
Utilize Discount Stores
If you must buy, you can find all sorts of goodies at stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Ross. These stores are full of surprises, and you just might stumble upon the perfect rose satin shoes like I did! There are always tons of sparkly table runners, elegant candlesticks, and topiaries. I even snagged my thank you cards at a fraction of the normal cost, which was great since I messed up on half of them.
When you’re looking for any sort of set up materials, the dollar store should be your first stop. I’m not saying you should try to make a plastic table runner look classy. But you could make flowers out of the same material for a backdrop.
Gather a plethora of styrofoam, faux and real rocks, glitter, and other diy items for your wedding. Create faux hydrangeas with paper, grab lace your table runner, decorate styrofoam balls….There are some hot items you can get at a fraction of the price at the dollar store, check it out.
Don’t Forget about the Honeymoon
There are tons of cheap ways to have an awesome honeymoon. Check out your state’s website and see if there’s anything you haven’t explored yet. If you do get to go out of town consider AirBnB. There are condo’s and houses available all over the world for a fraction of the price of a normal hotel. ******
Be dedicated to what’s important to you and don’t let other people’s expectations persuade you to spend more money than you are comfortable with!
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